A subcontractor working on a home being built on Highway 80 is in trouble with the law for allegedly operating without a contractor’s license.
David Paul New, 31, of the 4800 block of Bellevue Road in Haughton, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 25, and charged with operating without a contractor’s license and home improvement fraud. Bond was set at $28,000.
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says New was doing some electrical work at the home but was doing so without a license.
“We got warrants on him and they arrested him at Bossier Max,” he said. “It was a brand new home being built, and he didn’t have a license. When you do so much work over a certain amount of money, then it falls into that category. There were also some discrepancies and billing issues he had with the contractor.”
Sexton says he walked off the job and filed a lien against the homeowner because the homeowner refused to pay any further, and the investigation revealed the homeowner had paid his bill in full.
“Apparently there was a discrepancy between him and the contractor who had the contract on the home, and he didn’t get paid, so he put a lien on the home,” he said. “He didn’t have any right to put a lien on the home. His complaint should have been to the contractor he was working for.”
At this time, it is unknown whether the lien against the home has been dropped, Sexton said.
“The homeowner couldn’t close or finalize on the home, because there’s a lien against it,” the sheriff said. “The homeowner has paid his part.”
The investigating officers were Deputy Bobby Igo III, detectives Lt. Scott Tucker and Maj. Dustin Reynolds. Deputy Benjamin Hinze is the arresting officer.
Sexton says additional charges against New may be pending.